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Battery Hens

A battery hen spend its life in a cage with up to seven other birds. Cages are kept in huge artificially lit sheds, the hen stands on thin slopping wire, her feet and legs are crippled. There are rats running about chewing off their leggs and what ever elce they can eat. The hens don't do any of the activities that are known as extremely important to the behavioural needs of a hen. Such as preening, perching, scratching in the dirt, bathing in dust, spreading her wings, or escaping to a quiet place to lay an egg.

Battery hens are prone to broken bones, due to the over-production of eggs and lack of exercise. By the time they are finally slaughtered up to 56% of caged hens have suffered very painful fractures. Farmers of battery hens cut of a third of the hens beak with a hot wire guillotine to stop them pecking. This cause severs pain and may chickens die of shock, and the hens that do survive suffer severe pain for months and even years later -this is because the nerves in the chickens beak are still active. Many have great difficulty eating for the rest of their lives.

Hens moult in Autumn and because of this they don't lay eggs for 2 - 3 months. To reduce this time farmers starve the hens either totally or partly. This brings them back on-lay quicker, but many hens die during this process.When the hens are past their laying peak they are stuffed into crates, shipped to the abattoir, shackled upside down on a conveyor belt to await slaughter. Many hens suffer multiple fractures during this process.

If you have any humanty and empathy for these poor creatures that were put on this earth just like us, and have as much right as us to be treated with respect. Please stop eating mass produced batter eggs, the organic alternative is not as expensive as you may think. Also you need to bare in mind that some supermarkets and shops label eggs with titles such as "freash farm eggs" and similar phrases. These are NOT organic, they ARE battery eggs - so don't get ripped off!

GM Food

Although there may be many benefits from GM food in the future, there are also too many unanswered questions.

Are GM foods safe?

According to the latest consumer surveys (by the Consumers Association - GM food campaign, in Sep. 2004), consumers' opposition is continuing to grow from their last survey in their GM Dilemmas report in 2002. They found that only about a quarter of respondents found food from a GM plant acceptable, compared with around a third (32 per cent) in 2002. About a quarter (26 per cent) favour the growing of GM crops in the UK, compared with around a third (32 per cent) in 2002. Overall 61% of respondents were concerned about the use of GM in food production, and the long term effects are their greatest concern.

There was a Citizens' Jury held in 2003 by the Consumers Association - GM food campaign, Unilever, The Co-op and Greenpeace, to continue the debate on wether GM crops should be grown in the UK. After six weeks of evidence from a wide range of expert witnesses about all the issues related to GM foods, the juries called foe a moratorium (agreed suspension of activity) on the commercialisation of GM to continue and for government field trials to be continued in the long term.

There is still concern about the Government's policy to approve the commercialisation of GM crops, albeit on a case by case basis. The Consumers Association GM food campaign is urging the Government not to agree to the commercial growing of crops, until outstanding consumer concerns have been addressed.

Groups such as Consumers' Association (the former campaigning name of Which?), National Consumer Council, Genewatch, Friends of the Earth, National Trust, Five Year Freeze, Sustain, National Federation of Women's Institutes and UNISON, representing eight million UK citizens, all wrote to the Prime Minister on 5th March 2004. The letter was to call for the Government to respond to the members and supporters, as well as those in the public generally, not by allowing the commercial use of GM crops in the UK at this time.

However, the Government gave the go-ahead in March 2004 to the commercial growing of GM maize in the UK. This decision is believed to be a direct snub to the opinions and worries of the majority in the public debate process. However, consumers and the Government have been given some breathing space and a chance to see concerns addressed, because Bayer - the company whose maize variety was approved, has announced that it will not be growing the maize after all, as it does not consider it to be commercially viable.

NOTE: The information regarding GM foods is from the Consumers Association - GM food campaign website - Thank you Consumers Association - GM food!

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